HSV produced a stack of classic models during its 33 years of existance. Everyone will have their favourite, but for mine, HSV peaked during the Ian Callum-designed VR-VS era, and again with the Gen-F2 finale.
The design of the Gen-F2 combined classy styling with the mighty supercharged LSA mill – previously the exclusive domain of the GTS and Maloo GTS – which was made available in 410kW form for the ClubSport R8, ClubSport R8 Tourer, Maloo R8 and Senator Signature models.
And to cap it off, HSV offered two uber GTS variants to ensure the Commodore era went out with a bang. Firstly, the pumped-up, 435kW GTSR (and GTSR Maloo) was effectively a GTS on steroids thanks to the more powerful LSA, extra-wide rims and pumped guards to accomodate them.
Then came the GTSR W1. This was the automotive equivalent of the Six-Million-Dollar Man, with the garden-variety GTS pulled apart and rebuilt better, faster and stronger in almost every way. The LSA was literally swapped out for the next-generation, 474kW LS9 mill, backed by a Tremec TR-6060 manual custom-built to cope with 815Nm.
Add Supashock coil-overs and crazy Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track tyres and you have a modern classic of the highest order. Simply put, the W1 was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car ever built in Australia.
And now three of the most desirable Gen-F2 models are going under the hammer in South Australia.
Heading the line-up is the GTSR W1 in Son of a Gun grey (pictured above), with just 144km on the odometer. Bidding starts at $200,000.
Next up, we have a 2017 Maloo GTSR. It is a six-speed manual car in black, with 18,461km showing. The starting bid is $100K.
And finally for the Gen-F2 cars, we have a 2017 GTSR six-speed auto in Light My Fire. This one has 15,306km on the clock and a $100,000 starting bid.
Lastly, we have a Gen-F Maloo GTS, with LSA power. This car is an auto in white, with 20,905km on the clock. The Maloo GTS was a limited edition, introducing the 430kW LSA engine to HSV’s iconic ute model for the first time.
To help deal with the grunt, the Maloo GTS came with AP six-piston calipers and 390mm rotors on the front, with 372mm two-piece rotors on the rear. It also introduced Torque Vectoring to help reduce understeer under power.